Generation too ''soft'' when it comes to days off?

There are some words that just shouldn't be spoken. Like referring to freezing temperatures as OK.

"If it's just minus ten, then I think we're ok," says Perrysburg school superintendent Tom Hosler, talking about possible temps next week.

So, that's where we're at now... calling minus ten degrees "ok".

That's because lately the wind has made it seem much colder outside, causing schools to close.

The extended cold and ample snow has forced school districts to use up their five, state allotted, calamity days.

Hosler says, "A calamity day is a calamity day. So whether it's fog or rain of hail or locusts or snow, that's your day."

Many area districts, which are now in excess of that five days, will have to make that time up.

There are a number of options that schools have.

One option is for a district to submit a lesson plan to the state, for the days missed.

Another option is to add days at the end of the school year.

Districts also have an option to shorten holidays or vacations like spring break.

Also, a petition can be submitted to the state to have days waived due to the level three emergency.

But maybe our region, and this generation has gotten a little too soft when it comes to days off.

"We've been spoiled by some very mild winters where we've had a few cold days, a few snows, and that's been it," says Hosler.

Perhaps everyone needs to be reminded about how folks did things in the past.

Hosler remembers how many folks used to think, saying, "Suck it up, put on a scarf, grab your gloves, we're having school today."

He also thinks that if we have a few more winters like this, things will get back the way they used to be.

The older generations can remind everyone of what they had to do to get to school.... back when people walked to school barefoot... in six feet of snow... up hill both ways.

So if kids don't want to be in class at the end of June, it may be time to grin and bear it.